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Thought-Provokers: Glendale

Phoenix has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Glendale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Johnte Dennis

I’ve always loved to draw – since I was very young, I would spend hours doodling above all else. Throughout the years I never got much into sports or anything like that, but I always knew I wanted to be doing something creative when I grew up whether it was music, illustration, or clothing design. Read more>>

Franco Valentini

Like magic the balloon started to take altitude slowly — 10, 15, 50 and then 100, 150 feet above the ground. John looked at me and asked; what do you think Franco?. It is great, I replied. There is no wind, but we are moving, I guess, southeast. Correct, he answered. The balloon moves because the wind and we are in the wind without feeling the effect of it. Read more>>

Esther BeLer Wodrich

I began using watercolor for its ease of setup and cleanup and have stuck with it as my medium of choice. My style of painting is realistic in nature and is influenced by my work in graphic design. Sometimes I leave part of a picture out or keep the backgrounds white in an effort to keep the subject as the focal point and also in an effort to prevent the artwork from being “too” realistic. Read more>>

Seth Loveless

I’m a singer, songwriter, and fingerstyle guitar player. I make my living playing live music. My grandfather introduced me to the fingerstyle guitar genius who was known as Chet Atkins.  My mother and father raised me on classic rock music, and I was exposed to artists and bands like Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, and AC/DC at a very young age. I was also exposed to country artists like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Read more>>

R. Corey Oltman, KingTiger

The more I explored, the more it solidified my dream to create unique electronic music with heart and passion that positively impacts the people around me. I have since been fortunate to be a part of community-driven remix competitions and compilation albums hosted by OverClocked ReMix, an online video game music community. Read more>>

Rob Varela

After working with Jo, I found Phoenix Center for the Arts and began taking lessons from Edna Dapo. When I walked into the studio for the first lesson, another artist, Linda Spiars, was working on a portrait that was incredibly life-like. I thought to myself, I have no business being here and almost left. Read more>>

Shari Rowe

As a solo artist, Country Music was the most natural place for me to land. I was raised on it, it resonates with me, and I love the community- the fans and the friends I’ve made in the industry. My husband, Kevin, and I met through music, and it continues to take us across the country and overseas, playing shows, writing, recording, and releasing new projects. Read more>>

Kelvin Truong

The idea of photography never crossed my mind until I started high school in 2009. That’s when everything started. I vaguely remember picking up a digital point-and-shoot camera which I used to post pictures on my personal blog at the time. Read more>>

Miles Graci

My first concert was Billy Joel at age 8 or so. Riding around in the car with my mom (Front seat, no seat belt, standing up!) I would love blasting the music and cruising around, eager to switch the eight-track tape over when it was time. Little did I know I was building an affinity for cars and music at a very early age. Read more>>

Mikela Prevost

I always knew I wanted a career in art and had always loved books and comic strips, so the best plan was children’s book illustration. I went on to receive my MFA in Illustration at California State University Fullerton, while also learning about the publishing industry. Read more>>

Gary Phoenix

I do the work for my own and others’ pleasure, and to inspire others – other artists inspire me greatly, and thus it goes round and round. Sometimes I seek out and create images, while sometimes they serendipitously come to me. All I ask is that you enjoy what you see if you can. Read more>>

Alicia Espinoza-Castro

My memories during those times were reading a lot of books and manga and watched tons of cartoons, Disney movies, and anime. So I would sit in front of the tv and draw my favorite characters, sometimes even before school started, I purposely woke up early to draw. Read more>>

Kristina Johnson

Art gives me the freedom to create my own path, and for years I wanted that freedom. I don’t believe in a conventional way of living in which I had to meet life achievements at a certain time. I would say photography gives me the fluidity and confidence to be who I always wanted to be when I was younger. Read more>>

Dalton and Ashley Davis

Both of us have always been creative and have involved ourselves in photography and filmmaking from a young age. We met in middle school and were friends for years before we started dating, and eventually ended up marrying. A year into our marriage, each of us was working a corporate 9-5 while doing our creative work on the weekends. Read more>>

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